Paying Jobs for 10-Year-Olds
While it is sometimes looked at rather strangely for small children to be working keep in mind we aren't speaking about third world sweat shops. Some children love the idea of making money, of being in control of that part of their life, and it does help them become responsible at a young age which can't be a bad thing. Consider some of the jobs listed. They may just be a beginning, an introduction to the workforce but if your child wants to do it, and is capable, why hold them back.
Most of these jobs are simple or at least simple enough that they should not need workers permits, SSN numbers. to be able to do them. However it is always good to research your area or country laws on child labor.
Shoveling driveways - During the winter there are always opportunities to shovel driveways. Your child can simply take a walk down the street after a snow and see who hasn't had their driveway shoveled. If they have a local plow guy paid to do it these will most likely be the first ones to be done. Many people will not turn down a kid looking for a little pocket money and it saves them having to do it.
Lemonade stand - It is an old classic but you would be surprised how many people may stop to buy a glass on a hot day. Also you can almost guarantee that no one will pull up in their vehicle asking to see a kids vendor permit.
Yard work - Often during the spring, summer and fall months there is a need for people to clean their yard, do gardening, mend fences. A kid that wants to make a little money may have the capability to do these jobs or with the more complex jobs at least assist. Again it can free people to do other things that they really need to do.
Cleaning, organizing garages - For some the garage is one big building they use as a storage dump for anything they can't fit in their home. At some point in this cycle the garage is so filled with junk that you can barely walk around in it. But for a kid this is another chance for them to earn some money. At the very least they should be able to remove all the trash and give the garage a little organization.
Cleaning homes - Cleaning in home is even easier for children as most things in a home have a place and picking up garbage or clothing is easy.
Babysitting - For older children that are still not quite old enough to join the regular workforce there are usually local babysitting courses that can prepare them for this job.
Family business - If you own a business why not help your children out and allow them to assist you to make some money. Simply delegate to them according to their ability to do specific jobs.
Pet sitting, dog walking - Many people have hectic lifestyles and it may be difficult for them to find the time to walk their dogs or in some cases always be there for their pets. Children can start by asking neighbors and putting up fliers advertising their services to walk and look after the animals.
Paper route - This job is more for older kids not quite old enough for the normal workforce but wanting something with a little more responsibility. For parents it is best to impress upon your child that if they truly want this job they need to understand what it entails. There will be rainy days, dogs and many other annoying things along the way so make sure they are prepared for it.
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